Olympic Stadium set to host NFL games

Olympic Park, which manages the stadium for the Quebec government, said the organization is still open to the idea of ​​hosting sporting events at the Stadium.

On Tuesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league had targeted Canada for games as part of its expansion of its regular schedule from 16 to 17 games.

Beginning in 2022, each NFL club will play a game outside of the United States at least once every eight years. The NFL has clarified that it plans to focus on hosting games in Canada, the UK, Mexico, Europe and South America first.

Most of the best crowds in Canadian Football League history have been at Olympic Stadium. In 1977, the Montreal Alouettes played a game in front of 69,093 spectators, the CFL record.

The Alouettes now play their home games at Percival-Molson Stadium, an outdoor stadium that can accommodate approximately 25,000 spectators.

We have a rich history in North American football, notably with the CFL, the Gray Cup and the Montreal Alouettes., said Alain Larochelle, Vice-President of Operations and Business Development, Olympic Park, in a statement sent to The Canadian Press.

North American football also has the record for the largest sports crowd at the Olympic Stadium to date, confirming our interest and that of Quebecers in this sport. We would be very interested in hosting an NFL game, and are very motivated to share our upcoming investments and the many possibilities of the Olympic Stadium with promoters from here and elsewhere., also mentioned Mr. Larochelle.

Managers at BC Place in Vancouver issued a similar statement later Wednesday.

The NFL International Calendar Project is an exciting and interesting development for sports fans in Canada.

Over the years, the NFL has presented several games from its pre-season schedule to Canada, including two at Olympic Stadium.

On August 18, 1988, in front of 39,112 spectators, the New York Jets defeated the Cleveland Browns 11-7. On August 9, 1990, the Pittsburgh Steelers had outscored the New England Patriots 30-14, ahead of 26,869 fans.

However, the Buffalo Bills are the only team in the NFL to have played regular season games north of the Canada-US border. Between 2008 and 2013, they held a game every year at the Rogers Center in Toronto.

With the exception of last season, the NFL has played at least one game in London every year since 2007. In recent seasons, the league has also played games in Mexico.

Montrealer Benjamin St-Juste admitted he is excited about the possibility of playing an NFL regular season game in his hometown.

The six-foot-four, 200-pound cornerback, who wore the University of Minnesota colors, could be claimed in the third or fourth round in the 2021 NFL Draft.

It would be fantasticSt-Juste said in a video conference on Wednesday. It would be a great representation for Canadian football and Canadian players. All the family, friends could come and see [un match]. It would be a wonderful opportunity for me.

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